Have I mentioned how much I love Downton Abbey? True, I think half the reason I watch it is just for the period clothing and jewelry, but each episode feels like a treasure trove of jewelry-making ideas and inspiration. Apparently, I'm not alone, so we decided to put together an Edwardian-inspired Jewelry Blog Hop here on Beading Daily!
A few years ago, I purchased a good stash of these luscious shell pearls from Lima Beads, and only just re-discovered them as I was cleaning out and organizing some drawers. They're a little heavier than crystal pearls, but their luster is just so rich and sumptuous, I thought they would be perfect for creating an Edwardian-inspired beaded pendant for this blog hop. For the center stone, I used a transparent vintage Swarovski crystal stone that I got from my good friend Beki Haley
during one of her de-stash events, and I set about embellishing the easy netted bezel with some of my favorite 3mm round white glass druks and a few faceted Czech drops that I got from my friend Perry at York Beads
To finish the pendant, I thought about making an intricate beaded strap using two-holed seed beads, but time (and my muse) weren't on my side with that one, so after browsing some images of Edwardian jewelry online, I decided that a simple chain made with bead stringing would be perfect. I finished it with a vintage sterling silver clasp from A Grain of Sand -- the last one in my stash, so I guess it's time to re-stock!
Take a look at what some other beaders did with Edwardian-inspired jewelry!
||Ashley, our intrepid marketing specialist and sometime-guest blogger for Beading Daily and Jewelry Making Daily
is also a history buff! So she took what she knew about the Edwardian
period and combined it with some absolutely lovely filigree, chain, and
pearls to make this beautiful piece of Edwardian-inspired jewelry! I
love it! Read her blog post to learn more about the Edwardian period of history.
||Another gorgeous Edwardian beaded bracelet project was created by Dee of
Agape Creations, using a pattern from the very talented Deb Roberti.The crystals, pearls, and gold metallic seed beads perfectly capture the look and feel of Edwardian jewelry.
Did you make a piece of beaded jewelry for our Edwardian-inspired Jewelry blog hop? Post a comment with a link below in the comments so we can all see your gorgeous creations!
Ready for another blog hop? Check back here on Monday, February 3, 2014 for the theme of our next beaded jewelry blog hop!
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